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The 73 Best Gifts for Dad That He'll Actually Use (and Won't Abandon in the Garage)

Including PureWow Editor-recommended picks

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We can all agree that finding the best gifts for your father is nearly impossible, especially for a special occasion like his birthday or Father’s Day when the pressure is really on. (After all, there are only so many "World's Greatest Dad" mugs he can fit in the cupboard or—let’s face it—gifts he’ll actually use for that matter.) Maybe he’d be into a MasterClass subscription (starting at $10 per month, billed annually)? Or how about some tech gadgets from Sony or Apple? Is he a self-professed grill master or are you in need of some potential Father's Day dinner ideas? Imagine getting him a steak delivery box assortment of ethically sourced meats so he can cook up a feast. Bottom line? I’ve sifted through more than 300 top gifts and narrowed it down to the 71 gifts for dad—many under $100—in 2024 for the guy who’s been your number one supporter since day one, all guaranteed to light up his world as he goes about his many different father's day activities.

Need more gift ideas? I've rounded up the best gifts for golfers, some gifts for grandpa and last-minute gifts that will arrive in time for the big day.

How I Chose the Best Gifts for Dad That He’ll Actually Use

I chose a wide selection of gifts to cater to every type of dad, from the handy dad to the techie dad, the adventurous dad to the bibliophile dad. I paid particular attention to best-selling items with high ratings from previous buyers. Some are even endorsed by celebrities, popular talk shows and, of course, PureWow staffers themselves (or the very discerning men in their lives). I also know there are more practical elements to picking out a gift, and not everyone’s budgets and timelines are the same, so I took cost, quality, and timeliness of delivery into account as well.

In short, these gifts are diverse, durable and sure to bring a smile to his face.

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For the Comfort Dresser

1. lululemon ABC Pants

Lululemon

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

Dabee Kaye, Gallery Media Group's former VP of Brand Partnerships, says her husband lives in these pants. "They're super comfortable and they don't look sloppy so he can wear them out," she says. "He even has backups, just in case." These pants are made in four-way stretch fabric, and there's extra room in the seat area to make sure nothing binds when a guy sits down. And since Dad can get a pair in inseams that range from 28 to 37 inches, there's no hemming required, right off the rack.

For the One Always on the Phone

2. Anker Nano Portable iPhone Charger

Anker

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

This portable iPhone charger from Anker can keep Dad’s phone powered up while he plays a long round of golf with the guys. The pocket-sized power block contains a built-in lightning connector and 12W output designed specifically for Apple devices (iPhones, iPads or iPods), which basically means that it’ll work fast. Oh, and did I mention that the compact gadget more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon? Many reviewers have reached a consensus: the game-changing tech must-have is easy-to-use, weightless, small and convenient.

For the Spotless Cleaner

3. Eufy by Anker HomeVac H11 Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Eufy by Anker

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

If Dad’s always picking up after the fam, then he’ll have a field day with the HomeVac H11 model from Eufy by Anker. The PureWow editor-tested and -reviewed handheld vacuum is so impressive, it received a near perfect PureWow100 rating. After seeing how well it cleaned out her car, Rachel Bowie, Senior Director of Special Projects & Royals at PureWow, ended up purchasing a second one for her home. “Credit goes to the 2-in-1 crevice tool attachment, which allows you to reach even the tiniest particles of lint, dust and dirt in things like the cup holders or seat pockets. It’s the portability that really makes it extra easy to clean.” So, make it a point to tell him that it can suck up crumbs, dirt and dust from all the smallest nooks and crannies in his precious car and beloved recliner.

For the Curious Dad

4. MasterClass Subscription

MasterClass

  • Return Policy: cancel before annual auto-renewal

A MasterClass subscription is the gift that keeps on giving. Starting at just $10/month, billed annually, the online education platform will give your pops access to more than a hundred virtual classes and sessions led by industry professionals in various fields, from cooking to meditation from top people in their profession, like science with Neil deGrasse Tyson and how to ball properly with Stephen Curry. Basically, he can learn a new skill every day. With new classes being added every month, Dad will never get bored. Retired, who?

For the Dad Who Likes a Great Pair of Shades

5. Eyebuydirect Safari Round Glasses

Eyebuydirect

If dad is desperately in need of some new shades, gift him this nifty round pair as an upgrade. The bold square lenses will frame his face nicely, and he'll look super cool while he's golfing, fishing or just simply shooting the breeze by the lake. Plus, it's an under $40 buy, which is a *major* steal.

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

It might be time to gift him this AirFly audio transmitter if he’s the type to get frustrated when his AirPods don’t work with the airplane’s in-flight entertainment. It uses bluetooth connectivity to pair his headphone device to the AirFly for easy listening, and it has a hefty battery life of over 20 hours before needed to be charged. Oh, and did we mention that it has a 33-foot reach, so Dad can stretch his legs on his 15 hour flight without having to pause his show. Psst...he can even use it on gym equipment, TVs and gaming devices.

For the Mismatched Sock Wearing Dad

7. Bombas 4-Pack Dress Calf Socks

Bombas

  • Return Policy: Free returns and exchanges, per its 100 percent Happiness Guarantee

There’s a reason these soft and breathable socks are a PureWow reader favorite. For one, it’s made from long-staple yarns sourced from top-tier cotton and merino wool producers, so they’ll feel unbelievably cozy on his toes and—we bet—fit better than his current options. And it’s also available in multiple color options and various styles fit for every dad, from the fit father to the casual dresser.

For the Beer Drinker

8. The Craft Beer Club

Craft Beer Club

  • Return Policy: no returns

Calling all beer aficionado dads! This box of beer features bottles and cans of IPAs, Pale Ales or other beers of their choosing from microbreweries around the country. Each box spotlights beer from two breweries located in different regions and comes with either 12 or 24 craft beer that’ll be delivered straight to his door on a monthly or quarterly basis. They’ll send him four different styles—two from each brewery that’ll change every month—and the beer selections consistently range from 5.0 percent to 7.0 percent ABV, per the company. Not only will you earn major kudos, you just might get to crack one open with him.

For the Dad Who Tracks His Steps

9. On Running Cloud 5 Sneakers

On Running

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

If he tracks his steps, chances are high that he actually cares about sneaker quality, too. So why not upgrade his current kicks by gifting him this soft, breathable and lightweight pair? Available in 20 different hues, these bad boys are designed with recyclable materials and are best for walking over speed work. But buyers rave that they're comfy enough to wear all day long (while also obsessing over the sleek design) and appreciate that they come with a speed-lacing system, meaning he won’t have to tie them every time he puts them on.

For the Handyman

10. Leatherman Rebar Multi-Tool

Leatherman

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

Handymen need an effective and well-made multi-tool, especially when it comes in a portable four-inch size. That’s where the 100 percent stainless steel Rebar from Leatherman comes in. It features a whopping 17 tools (all-locking for maximum safety), including pliers, replaceable wire cutters, multiple screwdrivers, a serrated knife and a bottle opener, just to name a few. But don’t just take our word for it: “The Rebar is absolutely top tier. Excellent feel in the hand, made of high quality, durable metal and has everything I could ever need! And the price for this amazing little beast was right on the mark—not outrageous, but expensive enough that you ensure a good quality product,” writes one customer.

For the Dad Who Loves to Build

11. Uncommon Goods Build Your Own Bluetooth and FM Radio

Uncommon Goods

  • Return Policy: no time limit on returns

Back in his day, Dad would take apart his electronic toys, figure out how they worked, and put them back together again. Turns out, he can still do that. Get him this kit for making a working speaker. He can follow the instructions (or not) to get it in full working order, and once it’s ready, there’s an FM tuner, USB and aux cable ports, and Bluetooth technology for connecting to his phone or other mobile device.

For His Coffee Fix

12. Keurig Mini Plus Coffee Maker

Keurig

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

This single-serve coffee machine from Keurig will save Dad a trip to the coffee shop every morning (and a few bucks a day). And mom will appreciate that it’s compact and looks good displayed on the counter. Best of all, he’ll get to choose from a selection of seasonal brews, plus warm drinks besides coffee, from cozy hot cocoa to tasty teas. PureWow’s Assistant Commerce Editor Natalie LaBarbera gave a stamp of approval after testing the Keurig machine against the Nespresso machine for the duration of a couple weeks, highlighting its compactness, easy set-up, coffee selection and intensity level. “The strong brew option on this machine was a huge plus. It's a simple button on the top of the machine marked ‘strong’ that you can select to increase the intensity of your coffee.” All that’s missing is a side of donuts.

For the Red Meat Lover

13. Porter Road Steak Delivery

Porter Road

  • Return Policy: no returns

If your pops’s ideal day of eating looks something like steak ‘n eggs for breakfast, roast beef sandwich for lunch and a bison burger for dinner, then a subscription box from Holy Grail Steak Co. will surely get his stomach grumbling. ICYDK, the company has ribeyes, strips and more, starting at $128 a box, and they’re really known for having some of the best steak selections on the market. In other words, Dad’s going to love the prime black Angus strip steak.

For the Man with Cold Feet

14. UGG Ascot Slipper

UGG

  • Return Policy: case-by-case basis

These best-selling cozy suede moccasin slippers are the best upgrade for that current pair of his that’s barely hanging on by a thread. It’s made with a durable rubber sole, so he can step out on the porch to sip on his morning cup of coffee without having to worry about the wear. “Comfortable, cozy, enjoyable, pleasant and snug. I can go all day describing these slippers. [They’re] perfect for wearing around the house yet sturdy enough to wear them out to run errands. Every time I wear them, I get compliments on how nice and comfy they look. Very happy with my purchase. Looking forward to many more cozy days,” one five-star reviewer agreed. Plus, it’s made with that plush UGG wool interior that Dad will enjoy sinking his feet into after a long day at the office.

For the Football Dad

15. Baublebar Custom NFL Team Blanket

Baublebar

  • Return Policy: final sale

If Dad’s a die-hard football fan who cozies up on the couch every Sunday, he’ll love a fabulous custom team blanket to throw over his legs (or rather off them) when he jumps up to cheer for that game-winning touchdown in the Super Bowl highlights. We love that it’s machine-washable (so don’t worry about those nacho cheese spills) and that you can customize it not only by team, but with your Dad’s name (or nickname) at the bottom.

Best Gift for Dad from a Son

16. The Ridge Cash Strap

The Ridge

  • Return Policy: case-by-case basis

He’s not one to accumulate stuff, which means he refuses to carry around a big, bulky wallet. Convince dad to toss the rubber band that’s holding his cash together and replace it with this sleek alternative. The slim metal card case can hold up to 12 cards and has an external elastic strap to hold cash or his keys. Get a matching one for yourself and you’ve got a true father-son gift.

Best Cooking Gift for Dad

17. Great Jones King Sear

Great Jones

  • Return Policy: can return within 60 days

Dad needs something to cook his steaks in right? Pre-seasoned to make whatever meals you select even more delicious and large enough to cook a big meal for the entire family, he’ll love bragging about “his” brand new 12-inch cast iron skillet during Friday poker night with his pals.

  • Return Policy: no time limit on returns

Who doesn’t love to feel like a kid again? Dad can combine his love of modern technology with his desire for a bit of nostalgia with this paper airplane that can be controlled by a smartphone. Build the plane just like his grandpa taught him. But this time, connect a tiny Bluetooth device to it. Now, download the app and enjoy the 1980s-inspired “drone” with 21st-century wireless control.

  • Return Policy: 60 days for Nike members

Nike gear is seriously trending among Gen-Zers, so let Dad show off his trendiness with this casual running cap that he can wear when he’s picking up the kids or grandkids from school. Available in three sizes and four different colorways, it’s designed for the gym and trails, so if Dad is an active papa who loves to go for runs, hikes and the like, this lightweight hat is just what the doctor ordered. The Dri-FIT technology will keep him cool and comfortable by wicking away sweat, and reviewers report that it fits true to size. 

For the Dad Who Knows Coffee

20. Bean Box

Bean Box

  • Return Policy: no returns

He's a man who appreciates a good cup of joe, so help him discover the wide world of small-batch artisanal roasters with this gift from Bean Box. Here’s how it works: He answers a few questions about his taste preferences, then will receive one to two bags of coffee (ground or un-ground) every week, two weeks or month—depending on how much he drinks or if he lets anyone else enjoy his liquid gold. That way, he’ll be able to experience the freshest beans from different small-batch purveyors, ones he might not have stumbled upon on his own. 

For the Guy Who Loves a Good Tailgate

21. Yeti Roadie Cooler

Yeti

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

“We got my dad one of these because he’s notorious for packing coolers for car trips—even if they’re only an hour long,” explains PureWow Senior Food Editor Katherine Gillen. It’s just big enough to hold some drinks and a few sandwiches without being a pain to lug around. Gillen reports it’s amazing for everything from camping trips to keeping beer chilled during tailgates (it holds 33 cans of beer or 26 lbs of ice, and is wine bottle compatible, in case you were wondering) The insulation keeps food hot, too, so go ahead and give this to the dad as a high-tech lunchbox, and we love that it’s narrow enough to fit behind the driver’s seat in his car.

For the Dad Who Entertains

22. The Bartesian Cocktail Maker

Bartesian

  • Return Policy: 90-day money-back guarantee

This machine brings a whole new meaning to the idea of coming over for a drink. Dad can add his own spirits and water, insert a Bartesian capsule of the desired drink mix along with bitters, extracts and juice concentrates, and then let the machine do all the hard work. Pour, serve, and cheers! Reviewers love that it saves them money on buying multiple mixers, but do note that the results aren’t quite as high-end as something mixed by an actual human.

For the Dad on the Move

23. JBL Charge 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

JBL

  • Return Policy: 30 day returns

Whether he’s listening in his office, on the back deck, by the pool or heading off to a camping or fishing trip, this portable Bluetooth speaker is rugged and waterproof so it can go with him anywhere. With signature JBL sound (think clear vocals and big bass), it even has a built-in power bank so Dad can use it to recharge his phone in a pinch. We love that it lasts up to 20 hours before it needs charging, and PureWow’s Editor-in-Chief Jillian Quint swears by hers for stream-anywhere podcasting. “Mine is a mainstay of my kitchen so I can listen to radio or pods while I cook.”

For the Bearded Dad

24. Leaf Five-Pack Single Edge Razor

Leaf

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

If Dad has a beard, he’ll appreciate this eco-friendly single-edge razor sharp enough to tackle his scruffy five o’clock shadow as well as his face, nose, ear hair and head hair. It comes in a five-pack, features a high-tech blade and an easy twist-to-open loading. Reviewers love the ease of use, closeness of the shave, and the fact that you get multiple high-quality razors in one go.

Best Gift for the Dad Who Has Everything

25. Samsung Galaxy Watch6

Samsung

  • Return Policy: 14-15 days returns (up to 60 days for Best Buy TotalTech members)

Built with the brand’s largest display (1.5 inches in diameter), this watch is so easy-to-read, Dad definitely won’t be complaining that he can’t see the screen, especially if he gets to customize the face himself. It’s great for the fitness buff too (or the guy trying to be more active), providing advanced fitness tracking, heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking and more. Plus, he’ll never miss a call or text from you when he can see it on his wrist.

For the Gamer Dad

26. Xbox Game Pass

Xbox

  • Return Policy: no refunds, cancel before it auto renews

Know a dad who loves to unwind after a long day by playing…Call of Duty? Treat him to some new games with Xbox Game Pass, which provides instant access to games, like Grand Theft Auto V and Minecraft as soon as they are released, along with the ability to download hundreds of games to play offline. He’ll also get perks, like in-game add-ons and consumables, and exclusive member discounts, making him the envy of his gaming buds.

For the Strategic Dad

27. Catan Board Game

Catan Studio

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

There’s nothing quite like board game night with the fam-jam, whether it’s a weekly Friday night tradition or a rainy Sunday activity. Catan is one of those games every dad will love, since it’s focused on trading, building, and settling. Dad can show off his strategic prowess as he aims to be a cunning developer of resources like grain, wool or lumber. Or he can channel his inner John Dutton III from Yellowstone or Logan Roy from Succession and show the kids who’s really boss. Note that there are a lot of rules to this game, so it’s best to play for the first time with somebody who has done it before. 

For the Bird-Watching Dad

28. Uncommon Goods North American Bird Call Set

Uncommon Goods

  • Return Policy: no limit for returns

Maybe Dad loves bird watching, or maybe you think he would love to pick up the hobby. It’s a nice reason to get out of the house after retirement. With this set, which includes three callers made of metal and beech wood, he can call everything from robins to Mallard ducks and Chickadees. If you’re joining him, don’t forget to bring your camera or phone along to snap a pic once one (or a flock) of birds answers the call.

Best Last-Minute Gift

29. Amazon Echo Dot (5th Gen) Smart Speaker

Amazon

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

Sure, it looks high-tech, but former PureWow Commerce Director Nicole Briese has found that once this baby is set up, every dad will be able to use it for random musings ("Alexa, what's the current GDP?"), playing yacht rock on command or even looking up hands-free measurement conversions when they're cooking. This smart speaker has a clock, too, so he'll always be on time. Best of all, you can get this delivered to him by tomorrow, thanks to Amazon Prime.

Best Gift for a Dad from a Daughter

30. Polo Ralph Lauren Cable-Knit Wool-Cashmere Sweater

Polo Ralph Lauren

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

It’s time to Zhuzh up Dad’s look just a little, and he knows you’re the one to trust when it comes to fashion. He’ll appreciate this classic cable knit sweater from Ralph Lauren that’s uber soft and warm (and doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg) thanks to the cashmere-wool blend. It comes in nine gorgeous colors, and reviewers say it really holds its shape with time—so long as he remembers not to throw it in the dryer. You can assist him with a few styling recs, like a nice button-down and some loafers.

For the Chef

31. ThermoWorks Thermapen One

Thermoworks

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

Gillen's dad gave her a Thermapen as a gift, which shows his level of respect for this device. "I've never tried a better meat thermometer," she says. "It's so fast to get a reading and I like that it's no frills and easy to clean." It’s popular amongst celebrity chefs because it can provide a reading in just one second with a temperature range of -58.0 to 572.0°F, meaning he doesn’t need to open the oven or grill for too long,   After opening this handy gift, your dad will never have to play the “is this meat fully cooked?” game again. It can also be used in baking or candy making, so he can expand his kitchen repertoire with confidence.

Best Gift for An Older Dad

32. Lawn Bright Subscription Box

Lawn Bright

  • Return Policy: 60-day money back

If your dad is of the age where he is literally watching grass grow, he might appreciate some tools that will seriously amp up his curb appeal. Have him submit a few questions about the lawn’s current state, and he’ll get a custom plan based on science and the home climate that’s delivered every eight weeks with new materials like pet spot repair, drought recovery and tick control. As one happy customer states, “I just put on my first application and it went on as advertised and the follow-up has been so good.” So long as he follows the plan to a T, the grass will definitely be greener and get the whole neighborhood talking. 

For the Dad Still Using Wired Headphones

33. Apple Airpods Pro 2nd Generation

Apple

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

We love our dads, but whenever they don their old wired headphones, we have to laugh, which is why this gift is perfect. PureWow’s Associate Fashion Commerce Editor Stephanie Meraz says these are a big hit with her pops: "He loves to whip them out when we go on a walk around the neighborhood without me noticing, so when I try to talk to him, it takes me a few minutes to realize that he isn’t responding for a reason. The man wants his alone time…I can’t blame him. It’s a win-win for us both...Just kidding, dad!" Your dad will love how much better his music sounds when he puts these on, and he'll be even more amazed at the spacial audio and noise-canceling feature he can turn on while he's at the gym or walking the dog.

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

TheDadLab YouTube channel became such a hit, creator Sergei Urban put some of his most popular experiments into an easy-to-follow guidebook. PureWow VP of Editorial Candace Davison says it's a winner. "This guidebook is perfect for rainy days and chilly winter afternoons when you're cooped up inside. It's loaded with unexpected ideas, often using things you have around your house," she says. "My daughter and husband like to pick a page at random and tackle it for that day's project...and I appreciate the break!" The step-by-step instructions will guide readers through everything from how to produce electricity to how to defy gravity with a ping pong ball, a mesmerizing feat for the kids (or grandkids).

For the Football Sunday Devotee

35. Fubo TV Subscription

Fubo TV

  • Return Policy: Cancel anytime

Cable might be a thing of the past, but Dad still wants to watch the big game. With a Fubo TV subscription, he’ll be able to stream all the big games from an app on his TV or on the go on his computer. He’ll never miss a touchdown, and there are three different plans, with the Ultimate option offering Redzone from the NFL Network and Showtime. With the ability to stream on 10 screens at once, he can track all the games. Plus, maybe he’ll lend you the password so you can stay up to date on the Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce situation.

For the Culinary Expert

36. Ooni Karu Pizza Oven

Ooni

  • Return Policy: 60-day returns

This modern pizza oven has everyone talking…and salivating. It operates using wood, charcoal or gas, so he can really hone his backyard baking skills. Gillen says, "we got my dad the Ooni pizza oven a few years ago and now whenever I visit, he insists on a pizza night. He gets very into the process. I think he uses it once a week, and the pizza is very good." Reaching 950°F in 15 minutes, and delivering stone-baked pizza in 60 seconds, it brings a whole new meaning to the idea of fast food…at home.

For the Dad Who Needs a New Computer

37. Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2

Samsung

  • Return Policy: 14-15 days returns (up to 60 days for Best Buy TotalTech members)

If he’s still using the same Dell laptop you bought him in 2010, it’s time for an upgrade. And according to one PureWow editor, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is even better than a Macbook Air—and it’s way cheaper. He’ll love that it doubles as a touchscreen tablet when he flips the keyboard away and that the 13.3-inch QLED screen produces jawdropping quality for videos and gaming. A work presentation has never looked so good! Aside from that, he’ll appreciate that 13-hour battery life and that it’s only .5-inches thick and less than 3 pounds for easy transport to and from the office.

For the Dad Who Loves to Cook

38. Craft Wok

Craft Wok

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

If Dad loves to cook, he probably already has a nice cookware set. But one item he might not yet have in his arsenal is a solid wok. Made of hammered carbon steel, this one is the rugged dad’s wok of choice. It has a wooden steel helper hand and a spacious 14-inch round bottom for his famous stir fry. (There’s a smaller 12-inch version as well). It’s even compatible with gas stoves, but note that it can’t go in the dishwasher and some users maintain it’s hard to keep looking brand new.

For the Dad with a Bad Back

39. Nekteck Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager

Nekteck

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

Help Dad melt away those back pains with a neck and back massager he can wrap around him like a comforting blanket, then sit back and relax. Made of faux leather, it comes with eight deep Shiatsu kneading massage nodes and three-speed intensities. The soothing heat will help further improve blood circulation, according to the brand. Dad will be texting you from home, thanking you for months after unboxing this.

For the Adventurous Cook Dad

40. Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill and Smoker

Masterbuilt

  • Return Policy: 90-day returns

Forget an egg-shaped smoker that has to be constantly fed with more and more charcoal to keep the temperature perfectly regulated. This baby is totally automated, and even has an app! Fill the hopper with lump charcoal or charcoal briquettes, turn up the heat, then Dad can sit back and relax with a beer. He still needs to check on it every now and then to sauce it, turn and add his personal touch, but for the most part, this is so much easier. Crank it as high as 700°F and don’t be surprised if Dad starts with simple brisket and soon graduates to smoked cheese and homemade pizza pies.

For the Dad Who Travels

41. Amazon Basics Packing Travel Cubes

Amazon Basics

  • Return Policy: 30-days return

Dad probably shoves everything he needs in a little carry-on, swearing that checked luggage is for suckers. At least you can help him organize that tiny suitcase by keeping his unmentionables apart from his crisp white button-up shirts. Available in different colors, each has a top mesh panel that will ensure his smelly socks get ample air so he doesn’t keel over when he unpacks back home. Each piece then closes with a double zipper, making it super simple to pack and unpack.

For the Dad With Achy Joints

42. Hydragun HeatPulse Knee Massager 2

Hydragun

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

Traditional massage guns can’t be used on knee joints, but Dad can get some sweet relief for knee pain with this device which provides relaxing heat and steady vibration pulses that feel like a mini massage and help lower inflammation. The latest version of this device heats up a bit faster, has a wider temperature range, a longer battery life and fits small and large limbs a bit better. Warning: the whole fam might ask to try this out as Dad starts complaining less and less about his knees.

For the Frequent Flyer

43. The Away Tech Case

Away

  • Return Policy: 100-day trial

He'll never forget his earbuds, power cord or extra cable again now that he's got a dedicated nylon case with compartments for all his electronics essentials. Laptop chargers and larger accouterments fit in the lower mesh zippered section, and sturdily sewn elastic loops on the case's top fit smaller cords and accessories. Using this little 6.3- by 4.7-inch case, he'll always be able to find a cord to charge up his phone when he's got a quick layover.

For the Guy Who Loves the Water

44. Retrospec Weekender Sup Board Kit

Retrospec

  • Return Policy: no time limit

Davison loves using this easily inflatable paddleboard: "The Weekender is relatively easy to stand on and can support up to 275 pounds. I will say that on choppy waters, it’s definitely more of a core workout." She also appreciates that it fits into a backpack to get it from the car to the waves. Your dad will, too, whether he's an experienced user or just wants to try a new water sport. Made of ArmorStrength PVC, it can withstand everything from tubular waves to jagged rocks, but deflates and folds down small enough to easily fit in the back of the trunk.

For the Tea Drinking Dad

45. Tea Forte Frank Lloyd Wright Collection

Tea Forte

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

Sophisticated dads who prefer cozying up with a cuppa tea while reading Hemingway rather than loading up on coffee, will appreciate this luxurious set of 20 tea bags. Inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, it features fun, delightful flavors like Ceylon Gold, Citrus Earl Grey, Oolong Creme, Honey Hojicha and Spiced Herbal Mate. Each bag stands upright in the cup and Dad can pull the cute little leaf (a nod to a deep connection to nature!) to remove the bag. Each purchase also goes to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which provides educational programs and scholarships and helps with the preservation of Taliesin and Taliesin West.

For the Home Theatergoer

46. Bose TV Speaker Soundbar

Bose

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

Inside this compact soundbar are two full-range drivers angled to deliver wide, spatial sound and there's a center tweeter specifically focused on clarifying speech. (So everyone will be able to hear better without turning the volume extra loud.) Use it for TV or pair your mobile device using Bluetooth to hear a podcast, music playlist or other audio from your phone or tablet. It’s perfect for Dad’s den, games room or “man cave.” Users report that it’s great for upgrading the built-in speakers on a TV, but it’s unrealistic to expect movie-theater-like acoustics.

For the Summer Entertainer

47. Cuisinart Deluxe Grill Set

Cuisinart

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

These matching tools—spatula, tongs, silicone basting brush and so much more—are going to get admiring comments from the other dads as they all gather around the grill to discuss whether the burgers are, in fact, ready to eat. The set comes with 20 tools in all, packed in a convenient case so he can whip this out when it’s burger time. He doesn’t need to tell anyone, however, about the included digital temperature fork that will secretly tell him when the meat is done.

Best Outdoor Gift for Dad

48. Yeti Rambler 20-Ounce Tumbler

Yeti

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

All dads love their Yeti tumbler. It’s just a fact! But there are a few reasons why it’s beloved for sipping coffee and roadies out of. The double-wall vacuum insulation keeps drinks icy cold or hot for hours on end. It’s also super durable, dishwasher safe and the patented MagSlide lid is easy to sip from. Says one PureWow husband we spoke to: “I use mine every day for long drives, hot workouts and even coffee on the go. There is nothing better for keeping my beverages at the temperature I want them.” Bottom line: It will be his perfect companion while heading on fishing trips, hikes or to cheer on his kid’s soccer game. 

For the Techie

49. Apple Watch Series 9

Apple

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

He’s been eyeing the latest Apple Watch ever since it launched, but would never spring for one for himself. That’s where you come in. Gift him the newest version, which has been upgraded to be the fastest yet, and now has double tap gesture and an even brighter display. It also boasts an always-on retina display, sleep tracking and advanced workout metrics. He can engage in a mindfulness session, pay for items using Apple Wallet, and get all his relevant app and call notifications right on his wrist. He can even talk into it just like the spy from his fave show.

For the Dad Who Takes His TV Time Seriously

50. Roku Streambar Player

Roku

  • Return Policy: 14-15 days, (up to 60 days for Best Buy TotalTech members)

This impressive streaming device from Roku has a fast, easy-to-use interface, Dolby Audio sound quality and a razor-sharp image quality. It comes with a remote or he can use the Roku app. He can load up all his favorite streaming services, apps, and accounts, and watch tons of free content on the Roku Channel as well. The short explanation? It instantly turns any TV into a smart one. (Though he’ll want to upgrade the speakers for more of an immersive experience.)

For the Conscious Driver

51. Vantrue OnDash N4

Vantrue

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

If he’s committed to getting that Allstate safe driving bonus, this car camera will make him feel a little safer. Offering three views, this dash cam will give him recordings of the front, interior and rear of the vehicle. He’ll get 4K video quality and super night vision that will upload to a microSD card or he can view on the device itself. With an external battery, he can activate a 24-hour parking camera to keep an eye on things in a parking garage or hotel parking lot. It’s a good just-in-case gift that he can use for insurance purposes, and it’s ideal for any rideshare drivers.

For the Forgetful Dad

51. The Dad Hoodie

The Dad Hoodie

  • Return Policy: unworn, new condition

Does he suddenly need a spot for a bottle, some baby wipes and 14 pacifiers? And is he really into identifying as a dad? This hoodie takes the the O.G. classic design to another level, featuring a breathable mesh lining with six stretchable internal pockets to store everything that he, or his baby, might need…and it was chosen by TODAY Show as one of the number-one gifts for dads. Just note that the buyers say the hoodie runs small, so if you’re choosing between two sizes, get the bigger one.

For the Comfort-Seeking Commuter

52. Tracksmith Rapid Transit Pants

Tracksmith

  • Return Policy: unworn, unwashed, undamaged

Four-way stretch in a pull-up trouser sounds like sweatpants, but the tailored lines of these babies make them look way more acceptable for public appearances. They fit more like relaxed, straight leg pants and reviewers say they’re comfortable enough for a flight. Designed for easy movement, they’re perfect for the dad who always wants to look his best and sometimes trades comfort for style to do so. Here, he can have the best of both worlds.

For the Dad Who’s Always Hungry

53. Snack Gift Basket

Gourmet Gift Baskets

  • Return Policy: 15 day returns on non-perishable items for store credit minus shipping and handling

If “I could go for a snack” are six words you often hear Dad say, he’ll love this ample gift basket that has a bit of everything to satisfy every craving. Whether he wants sweet, salty, crunchy, creamy, or a mix, he’ll find it in this overflowing snack lover’s dream basket. From kettle corn to candies, cookies to crackers, sausages to cheese, he’ll devour it all in no time. And maybe if he’s feeling nice, he’ll share, too. (I also love that when you order, you have the option to add an “instant gift notification” meaning your giftee will get a notice that his present is on the way–perfect if you’re a last-minute shopper).

For the Nostalgic Guy

54. BlockSetc Personalized Recipe Cutting Board

BLOCKSetc

  • Return Policy: no returns

PureWow's Director of Audience Development Mary D’Alessio gave her dad one of these cutting boards engraved with his mom’s recipe for chicken paprikash—in her handwriting. He was so moved he cried, so we’d definitely call this gift a winner. Choose between maple and walnut wood, select your size and send the seller a photo of your recipe. He’ll take care of the rest.

For the Couch Potato

55. Couchcoaster

HIT PRODUCTS

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

As the name implies, this weighted drink holder wraps over the arm of your couch for convenient access. Previous buyers say that it’s stable and can withstand a slight knock (just in case he happens to elbow it by mistake while raising his arms to cheer for his team or protest a bogus call). He’ll have his drink literally at arm’s length and you won’t have to worry about pesky drink rings and begging him to use a coaster, already!

For the Gamer

56. Nintendo Switch

Nintendo

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

Now that this mega-popular handheld gaming console isn't selling out every other day, you can finally get him one. Pair it with a few games (we recommend Harry Potter Legacy and the classic Mario Party Superstars), and he’ll be permanently obsessed. The two controllers are removable for multiplayer games if he wants to let the kids get in on the fun (though you may want to spring for extra controllers that are easier to hold and allow for more players). Play handheld or plug it into a TV for a big screen experience.

For the Stock Market Enthusiasts

57. The Psychology of Money by Morgan House

Amazon

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

Um, this book has amassed over 42,000 five-star reviews, so we’d say it’s worth a read for anyone who is interested in the more emotional side of money. Financial journalist Morgan House shares 19 short narratives that break down how ego, pride and marketing impact how we behave with money. It might have him taking a deeper look at his own relationship with his money, and will definitely provide lots of conversational fodder. 

For the Music Lover

58. Sony Wireless Headphones

Sony

  • Return Policy: 14-15 days, (up to 60 days for Best Buy TotalTech members)

These headphones feature industry-leading digital noise cancellation technology and completely block out distracting background noise. The coolest part? You can control the volume, skip songs or take calls, all with touch-activated technology. Oh, and did we mention that they have a 30-hour battery life? Plus, they’re wireless so just recharge and go.

Best Birthday Gift for Dad

59. Mark and Graham Waxed Canvas Weekender And Pouch Set

Mark and Graham

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

When he’s turning the big 6-0, a great gift is needed—and there’s nothing classier than something monogrammed that he would never get on his own. This stunning weekender bag with a matching toiletry pouch will come in handy as he takes more trips with the time he has on his hands now. Made from canvas with a wax coating that actually looks better the more worn and scratched it is, this puppy comes in khaki or slate. The adjustable shoulder strap means he can pick his length and the sturdy material means it can withstand being tossed in the back of a trunk 28 times in a row. 

For the Movie Muncher

60. Garrett Popcorn Mix

Garrett Popcorn

  • Return Policy: 30-day refund case by case

Caramel, cheese and classic butter—Dad likes them all! If popcorn is his snack of choice for movies and beyond, he’ll appreciate a giant tub of Garretts famous popcorn that has a mix of all three. The popcorn itself is preservative and GMO-free, but the novelty tin will keep it fresh for months (if it lasts that long). We love that you can pick your own tin design and add a personalized note. Warning: he may be asking for a refill ASAP.

For the Dad Who Can’t Sleep

61. Yogasleep Dohm Classic

Dohm

  • Return Policy: 14-15 days, (up to 60 days for Best Buy TotalTech members)

Is Dad always going on about how he hasn’t had a good night’s sleep since the ‘90s? If so, he could do with some help. This handy device delivers comforting white noise both at home and on the go (yes, it comes with a travel case). There are two speed options, and he can adjust the tone to his liking. It’s a good option for relief of tinnitus if he suffers from that, too. One reviewer claims it helps with their sleep disorder, “My neurologist uses Dohm for his sleep studies, and that’s how I found out about Dohm, because he had me use it for my narcolepsy diagnosis. I’ve used it every night for two years. It’s great.” 

For the Forgetful Guy

62. Tile Pro Black

Tile

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

He’s always losing his keys and wallet, and the whole ‘leave them by the front door’ rule just hasn’t worked out. Enter the Tile Pro. Clip one to his key ring and put another in his wallet and the app will tell him where they are the next time they go missing. He can even use the Tile to ring his phone if he lost that somewhere in the couch cushions. Since there’s four in a pack, he can use the others for additional valuables, like his gym bag and travel backpack.

Best Christmas Gift for Dad

63. Tommy John Second Skin Pajama Pocket Tee & Pant Set

Tommy John

  • Return Policy: 30-day return

Nothing says Christmas quite like a new pair of pajamas. These ones from Tommy John are cooler than your traditional button down plaid pair, and influencers like Jojo Fletcher love them, claiming they’re soft enough to feel like a second skin. The slouchy top and fitted bottoms all have pockets (to hold keys as he runs to grab the mail) and the waistband has a secure band to keep everything in place, similar to his favorite boxers.

For the Carnivore

64. Butcher Box

Butcher Box

  • Return Policy: eligible for damaged or missing items, late delivery, improper handling

"This delivered-to-your-door subscription box allows you to customize a monthly haul of ethically sourced meat, based on what your dad or husband loves the most," says Quint. "I got this for my husband for his birthday, and he's loved opening it up to find chops, steaks, bacon, you name it. And since he's the cook in our house, I reap the benefits." Give him an introduction to the brand with a ButcherBox Favorites box, which includes filet mignons, burgers, sausage, and ButcherBox bacon.

For the Dad with Back Issues

65. Theragun Mini

Theragun

  • Return Policy: 14-15 days, (up to 60 days for Best Buy TotalTech members)

Goodbye, annoying sciatica pain! So long, sore muscles! Introduce your dad to his new best friend, the Theragun massager. Whether he comes home sore after work, playing piggyback with the kids, or pumping iron, he’ll appreciate this device, which offers long battery life, three speeds, and comes with a travel pouch so he can even bring it with him to the gym. To use, he’ll place it lightly on aching muscles or follow the online videos to know where to target his specific pain.

Best Gift for Golfer Dads

66. Maxfli Putting System

Maxfli

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

With this ingenious putting mat, Dad won’t have to head to the practice range to get some tee time in. It’s nine feet long and 12 inches wide for a realistic long-put feeling. The ramp adds an extra challenge that will require him to “read the greens” to get the perfect shot. Soon he’ll be bragging about paring every hole.

For the Chestmaster Dad

67. Handmade European Wooden Chess Set

Muba

  • Return Policy: 30-day return

Lucky for Dad, watching The Queen’s Gambit and other chess dramas has finally made you just as interested in chess as he always hoped you would be. But maybe his set from the ‘70s could use an upgrade? This gorgeous wooden chessboard is made from beech and birch wood and features stunning letter algebraic coordinates along the border. Pieces stay sturdy thanks to hornbeam and sycamore wood construction and felted bottoms. It’s pretty enough to leave out and will be the perfect way to start his mornings by getting those strategic juices flowing.

Best Fishing Gift for Dads

68. L.L.Bean Maine Guide Rod Case

L.L.Bean

  • Return Policy: 1-year returns

Fishing rods can easily bend and break, but Dad can securely hold up to four rods in this sleek carrying case. Made of durable waxed cotton canvas, it zips up lengthwise to easily get each fishing rod in and out and measures 33 inches long, so he may have to take apart his longer ones to get them in. The quilted, padded lining protects his gear and there are two extra pockets to stash hooks and bait. Plus, it’s easy to spot clean in case it gets dirty when he’s wrestling a 50-pound trout.

For the Dad Who Has a Sweet Tooth

69. Compartés Edible Tic Tac Toe Chocolate Game

Compartés

  • Return Policy: no returns

Dad might have told you to never play with your food, but we think he’ll make an exception for this sweet tic tac toe game. Featuring nine of Compartés' delicious chocolate with either an X or an O, you might be able to get one round in before they’re all gone. Known as the “most decadent chocolate in L.A.,” each piece is made of pure dark chocolate. One bite and he’ll be transported to chocolatey heaven. 

Best for the Watch Guy

70. Orient Leather Bambino Version III Watch

Orient

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

This simple watch from Orient is a sleek option for the guy who doesn’t “do” smartwatches. Its minimalist face shows ticks over numbers, so he can get the time and the day of the month with a quick glance. The real leather band elevates it, and the Japanese-automatic Movement will keep it ticking with no charging required. It’s also water resistant up to 100 feet, though we wouldn’t recommend swimming with it. Best of all, it comes in an included gift box, meaning it will arrive gift-ready. 

For the Hot Sauce Loving Dad

71. Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

Uncommon Goods

  • Return Policy: no time limit returns

Dad might have seemingly tried every hot sauce under the sun, convinced he can take the heat. He might even grow his own peppers in the backyard. But what he probably hasn’t tried yet is making his own sauce. This kit provides everything he’ll need to get creative, including six bottles and labels, assorted spices, distilled white vinegar, a funnel, gloves, and instructions. He just needs to add the heat and request that everyone get out of the kitchen. He can even add his own spices to make the best creations. Reviewers say it makes a great gift as well: “I have nothing bad to say here. From the concept to the packaging, and soon the execution, I am delighted by this DIY hot sauce kit. I cannot wait to see what my partner creates.”

Best Novelty Gift

72. Dad Joke Button

Dad Joke Button

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

Give Dad a few new ones to add to his arsenal of dad jokes with this hilarious novelty-talking button. It contains more than 50 dad-approved dad jokes. When Dad runs out of inspiration, he can press this button and poof! There’s a dad joke delivered in the nick of time. It even comes with batteries so he can get started out of the box.

For the Road Trip Dad

73. First Secure Car Emergency Kit

First Secure

  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

Taking to the open road, top-down, wind in his hair is probably a favorite pastime of the car-loving dad. Make sure he’s safe with an emergency kit in the trunk that has all the tools he’ll need in case of emergency. That includes jumper cables, a nylon tow strap, plastic air pumps, a tire repair kit, a window glass breaker and more. Sure, maybe it’s a gift that gives you more peace of mind than him. But if he’s ever in a pinch, he’ll appreciate having it tucked away in the back.

What Are Good Gifts for Dad? 

Not sure where to start? Some of the most popular gifts for dads include accessories for the car (for a dad who drives, of course), personal care items (think a beard trimmer or shaving gift set), sporting goods for the active dad (or one who needs a little push to become more so), home improvement and gardening tools, clothing (just make sure you get the size right and pick something he’ll actually wear) and of course, high-tech gadgets.

Beyond that, consider your dad's hobbies. He probably has the core gear he needs for these, but msybe there's an accessory he's missing or might not splurge on for himself. Does he love golf? A set of extra balls or a rangefinder would be a thoughtful gift. Does he run daily? A smartwatch that can track his runs (better than the 1980s pedometer he’s been wearing or the fitness tracker he bought eight years ago) shows you care, or a new pair of running shoes would be ideal. You get the idea.

Where to Buy Gifts for Dad

You can find great gifts for dad from a variety of places online, including shops like Amazon and Walmart. For high-tech gifts, turn to stores like Best Buy, while unique gifts of all kinds are available through sites like Uncommon Goods and even Etsy. For apparel, look to a variety of clothing stores, from Nordstrom to Nike. Gifts for handy dads, meanwhile, are available through stores like The Home Depot. If you’re in a pinch, Amazon is always a good place for fast-shipping gifts.

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